Posts tagged "france"

Is Moldy Cheese The Key To The French Health Paradox?

White bread, rich cheeses, and red wine are beloved staples of the Gallic diet. They smoke, they drink, they consume loads of saturated fats… yet they don’t have an obesity problem, they don’t lose their looks with age, and they have the lowest rate of cardiovascular mortality worldwide. What gives, France? We’re not the only…

By: Rachel Krause / December 13, 2012

Topless Nuns Spray Jesus’s Sperm In Paris Protest

Topless nuns were seen hosing down anti-gay marriage demonstrators with “holy sperm” last Sunday in Paris.

Go ahead. Read that sentence again.

Of course, these weren’t real nuns! FEMEN, the breast-baring Ukrainian women’s movement, is famous for spreading awareness about a cause through nudity. When FEMEN found out that more tha…

By: Daley Quinn / November 22, 2012

Paris, For Less Than The Price Of A Plane Ticket

I am much too obsessed with Paris for my own good, especially considering that I’ve never been there. I’m enamored of the idea of it, so when I do eventually go (and, by God, I will), there is a decent chance that I will be hideously disappointed. With that in mind, I’m significantly less interested…

By: Rachel Krause / September 5, 2012

Ouch: France To Unveil A Statue Depicting Carla Bruni As … A Working Woman

Carla Bruni certainly made her mark as one of the more, uh, contentious first ladies ever to hit French office: the longtime singer and model, not to mention the heiress to an industrial dynasty, made ceaseless waves with her swank wardrobe, party-girl past, and dubious intentions when she wed recently divorced French president Nicolas Sarkozy…

By: Rachel Krause / August 6, 2012

Drinking And Driving In France? Better Have Your Breathalyzers!

Breathalyzers aren’t just for the po-po any more: In France, a new law requires every driver to carry two breathalyzers in their car. The intent to decrease the amount of drunk driving accidents by having drivers test themselves with breathalyzers before they decide to drive home inebriated.

By: Daley Quinn / July 2, 2012

France Launches A Massive Ad Campaign Targeting Owners Of Counterfeit Luxury Goods

The production of counterfeit luxury goods is a criminal offense, and designers have always been vocal in their condemnation of the practice. Last week, Prada chief executive officer (and Miuccia’s husband) Patrizio Bertelli stoked controversy when he shared his opinion on the matter, saying, “Fake goods aren’t totally bad; at least it created jobs at…

By: Rachel Krause / May 31, 2012

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

“Think Like A Man,” the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices:
Surprising as it may be, the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

What Does François Hollande’s Election Mean For French First Lady Fashion?

It grieves me to see Nicolas Sarkozy leave French office, and why? Because I am positively enraptured by his wife (okay, fine, I’m also really worried about what this means for anti-Semitism in France). Her life (and Wikipedia page) reads like a dramatic novel: a nine-year-old heiress to a tire fortune moves to Paris to…

By: Rachel Krause / May 9, 2012

Life Is Meaningless For Henri, The Existential French Cat

L’enfer c’est les autres. Hell is other people. And other cats. No one knows this more than Henri, the existential French cat. He’s black and white, of course. And no one, no one, knows his torment. [The FW]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2012

Sweets For The Sweet (In Paris!)

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to move to Paris for work? Amy Thomas was a copywriter in New York City when one day her boss offered her a dream gig writing copy for Louis Vuitton — in the City of Lights. Sold! But unlike other ladies who’ve flown across the pond, Amy wasn’t looking…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

The French Can Even Sexualize Friggin’ Weight Watchers Ads

First of all, we need to discuss: the French have Weight Watchers? Whatever happened to French Women Don’t Get Fat? Zut alors! Excuse me while I call Le Boyfriend toute suite to inform him of this stunning factoid, as his most beloved leisure time activity is to sneer at Americans licking Cheeto dust from between their fingers.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

Au Revoir, “Mademoiselle”: French Town Ditches “Sexist Title”

A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word “mademoiselle” — which means unmarried woman — on official documents.

Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using “mademoiselle” on January 1 and  will henceforth refer to all women as “madame,” which i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Watch Cute French Boys Sing Beyoncé!

If there’s one thing we love more than Beyoncé, it’s cute French boys. And our favorite gay blog Queerty is all over this awesome clip of two hotties named Bertrand and Mattieu, lip-synching and dancing their French asses off to “Crazy In Love.” It’s kind of the best thing ever — and proof that Bey i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2011

France Considers Prostitution Ban

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crying into his champagne: politicians are considering a ban on prostitution in France. The law would make it illegal to pay for sex, punishing johns with six month prison sentences and $4,000 fines. Currently a john will only be punished if the prostitute is underage or “particularly vulnerable,” such as from illne…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

Irish Accents Surpass French Accents As The World’s Sexiest, Supposedly

Zut alors! French, the language of l’amour, is “the world’s sexiest accent” no more. According to a poll of 5,000 women worldwide, cited in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, ladies most desire to be whispered sweet nothings in an Irish lilt, followed by Italian declarations of amore. Scottish was named the fourth sexiest accent, followed by French,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For The Francophile Girl

Confession: I’m a little bit obsessed with blogs written by American girls living in Paris. Their style, their food, their apartments, their men … ooh la la!  My favorite is Making Magique, but I also like Badaude, the group blog HipParis and Dead Fleurette (who lives in Oslo, but is a Francophile). Maybe I’m deeply…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2011

DSK’s Wife Considering Divorce After Rape Accusations, Prostitution Scandal

Finally! At long last, Dominique Strauss Kahn‘s wife has finally gotten a clue (or an STD). Anne Sinclair stood by the former International Monetary Fund chief when he was accused in May of sexually assaulting a hotel maid and reached into her deep pockets to pay his lawyer fees. (All criminal charges were dismissed; a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2011

Domestic Inspiration: French Kitchen

Growing up, my mother always decorated our home in a Provençal fashion, so I have an inborn love of the elegant style. I’m also infatuated with the idea of a French kitchen, though my culinary skills are limited to microwavable rice in a packet. In my opinion, there is no culture more inspiring than the French.

By: Rachel Krause / November 9, 2011

Evening Quickies: Carla Bruni Gives Birth To Baby Girl

Zut alors! French First Lady Carla Bruni gave birth today in Paris to her first child, a girl, with the president, Nicolas Sarkozy. [People]
Paris Jackson, Michael’s 13-year-old daughter, is being courted to represent the Lingerie Football League under the premise it “breaks down barriers for women in football.” No, no, no. That organizatio…

By: Rachel Krause / October 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Linked To French Prostitution Ring

Whether or not you believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York City this spring (and I, personally, believe that he did), we can all agree the former head of the International Monetary Fund is a sleazy dude. Not long after he was accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, of forcing her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2011
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